Mosquitoes Invade, Occupy UNIPORT Teaching Hospital

Decaying Facility at UPTH

The University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) is always in the news. Some of the constant features of the news focus are decay of facilities in the hospital, poor management of the establishment, incessant strike action by Doctors, and unfriendly attitude of a number of nurses there. Top on the food chain of troubles bedeviling the hospital today is millions of mosquitoes that have not only invaded the hospital but have occupied the territories within and outside the facility. The story of mosquitoes in the hospital has been a topic of discussion on several radio stations based in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. We hear that mosquitoes have even become patients in the hospital and for you to survive the situation you better give the mosquitoes names so they can see you as a friend and socialise with you.

Jokes apart, a teaching hospital should not have such a worrisome story. The question is this: Is it only UPTH that has scary stories of facility and management challenges or do you know of any other teaching hospital in such an embarrassing state? Authorities should know about this.

 

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. Okonkwo isioma jane

    I dont think its only UPTH that experience these embarrasing challenges. Mosquitoes are carriers of malaria and to be in a hospital, will cause further harm to the patients.
    Solution: Government should provide mosquitoe nets and insecticides, and if possible fumigate the hospital environment.
    (Quiz no:85) GROUP 10

  2. ezeh vivian chinaecherem(8)

    The hospitals are not cautious of their patients. Hospitals like Boronu hospital, Onitsha should learn how to keep their hospital and it’s environment clean because mosquitoes can cause another problem for the health of the patients.

  3. The problem of mosquitoes in the University of porthacourt teaching hospital (UPTH) is terrible,copled with the reoccuring strike and the unfriendly behaviour of the nurses there.i think the government should do something about it to keep patients in good health and ensure speedy recovery aswell.
    quiz number: 17
    Group 3

  4. federal government should upgrade the hospital system,and provide mosquito nets and others paramount hospital equipments for better health care services to the people of the state.(group 8) (quiz no 20)

  5. they should complain on the difficulties going on in the hospital to the federal government.(quiz no 60) group10

  6. Nwoye chisom precious ( 61) group 10

    there should be reduction of this mosquito bites in Nigeria, I suggest the government should provide more preventing facilities

  7. Nwoye chisom precious

    there should be reduction of this mosquito bites in Nigeria, I suggest the government should provide more preventing facilities (quizno61)group10

  8. The issue of mosquito bite is like a worm eating up the citizen of this country and the worst part of it is that we get less attention from our physician,the management should act fast in order to save the life of the individual,it sound so strange to hear that a teaching hospital have such a worrisome story.(group8 104)

  9. Onuorah adaeze chidimma

    It’s actually a boring mediocrity and dehabilitating state that mosquitoes invaded the UNIPORT hospital due to the poor managment of the establishment
    which has endangered the lives of people….actually a teaching hospital shouldn’t be troublesome….(42) group3

  10. what a pathetic situation i suggest that the government should take a critical look at the situation and find a lasting solution to this epidemic that has invaded the hospital(63)

  11. what a pathetic situation
    I suggest that the government should find a lasting solution to this epidemic that has invaded the hospital(63)

  12. Na wa o. Please govt should provide more facilities such as building new healthy hospitals and also make available enough mosquito nets both for students and citizens out there.

  13. Group 3.
    Reg no: 2016054110
    Quiz no: 43.

    Na wa o. Please govt should provide more facilities such as building new healthy hospitals and also make available enough mosquito nets both for students and citizens out there.

  14. Omenuko Adaobi promise

    It is a shame that our health sector has nothing to boast Of,no wonder our president went to london for medicial treatment.The government should do something about the embarrassing state of medical facitities,cause the state of this teaching hospital is nothing to write home about.And i wonder why an hospital should invaded by mosquitoes,we should learn to adopt the healthy state of oversees medical facilities.(65)

  15. Omenuko Adaobi promise

    It is a shame that our health sector has nothing to boast Of,no wonder our president went to london for medicial treatment.The government should do something about the embarrassing state of medical facitities,cause the state of this teaching hospital is nothing to write home about.And i wonder why an hospital should invaded by mosquitoes,we should learn to adopt the healthy state of oversees medical facilities.(65)

  16. The issue of mosquitoes has been a topic of discussion on several radio station in PH,occupied in various parts in Nigeria.In Nigeria millions of mosquitoes have not only invaded hospital but also affecting the territories Within and outside the facility,inorder to stop this, the authorities should provide mosquito net to prevent us from malaria Quiz No:90,Group No:8

  17. The issue of mosquito bite is like a worm eating up the citizen of this country and the worst part of it all is that our so called physicians are paying less attention to it,it sounds strange to hear that a teaching hospital have such a worrisome story, the management should act fast in order to save the lives of individual (group8 104)

  18. Ezenwajiugo Somto Prosper

    UPTH is not the only teaching hospital experiencing that challenges, there was also a case in university of Ilorin teaching hospital(UITH) where Mrs. Oluwakemi Elizabeth Oduwaiye, a United Kingdom-based
    surgeon accused doctors at the University of Ilorin
    Teaching Hospital of causing the death of her 69-year old
    father through medical negligence.she was said 2 have advised the father to go to the hospital when found out that the father is suffering from abdominal pains which needs abdominal CT scan but due to facilities and management challenges,it wasn’t done and the father died after 9days(26th November 2015)..if being checked properly,you will find out that 90% of teaching hospitals are having challenges about their facilities and management..Nigeria needs to do something in order to conquer these challenges on hospitals to avoid untimely death of patients(group no:10)…(quiz no:25)

  19. The issue of mosquitoes has been a topic of discussion on several radio station in PH,occupied in various parts in Nigeria. In Nigeria millions of mosquitoes have not only invaded hospital but also affecting the territories within and outside the facility,inorder to stop this,the authorities should provide mosquitoes net to prevent us from malaria Quiz no:90,Group no:8

  20. umeaku somto onyedika

    Nigerian hospitals ad there lack of facilities. Hw can hospital,a teaching hospital for dat matter. what are they teaching?nawao (111)

  21. Okeke Chioma Onyinye

    Benue state teaching hospital as well lacks adequate personnel. The toilet facilities are damaged and there is no replacement,the patients now resort to using bowl to take water from the drum or bucket. It’s so devastating that most of the wards, the windows and mosquito nets are fallen off thereby leaving the patient at the mercy of mosquitoes. I plead with the Government to endeavor to look into all hospitals to make it more hygienic and suitable for the patients health.(98)

  22. Nnabuenyi Samuel Somto

    In accordance to my distinctive opinion , I quote;
    “The human life should be adhered to with serious attention and affection and not mosquito or malaria infection”.
    Why will a hospitalized patient face such impudent and catastrophic situation of mosquito using them as lunch and blood bags. I came to hospital to be treated with proper care and not mosquito massacre.
    UPTH should propound some other means of totally eradicating this mosquito problem if it still wants to remain in existence. This is not only a plaque in UPTH but also in LASTH and others. I instinct strongly that WHO(world health organization) should join hands , all palms should be on deck to eliminate this catastrophic situation and life’s should be taken seriously like they treat mere silver and gold.

  23. The state of affairs at UPTH is a very bad case. A hospital shouldn’t lack basic amenities and able to work workers. But I must note that this problem is not peculiar to UPTH. At UNTH Enugu the rate with which doctors go on strike is equivalent to the damages done in UPTH by mosquitoes. I urge government and some rich nigerians to support these teaching hospitals with equipments and mosquito nets and government should not delay health workers salaries so that they can take good care of their patients.(19)

  24. UMEAKU SOMTO ONYEDIKA

    Nigerian hospital and their lack of facilities.
    How can a hospital, a teaching hospital for that matter be invaded with mosquito???
    What are they teaching nawaooo
    No wonder the president went abroad for medical checkup.. (111)

  25. The state of affairs at UPTH is indeed worrisome. A hospital shouldn’t lack basic amenities and able to work workers. But I must note that the problem is not peculiar to UPTH. At UNTH Enugu, the rate at which doctors go on strike is equivelent to the damages done in UPTH by mosquitoes. I urge government and rich nigerians to support teaching hospitals with equipments and mosquitoe nets and government should not delay doctors salaries as this will make them develop indifference attitude towards their patients.(19)

  26. Okeke Chioma Onyinye

    Other hospitals as well has the same issue and it is no longer news that mosquito is a destabilizing factor all round including hospitals… Government should please see into this to ensure that our hospitals are well equipped and healthy for all patients(grp8)(98)

  27. UMEAKU SOMTO ONYEDIKA

    Nigerian hospital and their lack of facilities.
    How can a hospital, a teaching hospital for that matter be invaded with mosquito???
    What are they teaching nawaooo
    No wonder the president went abroad for medical checkup.. (111)

  28. Chukwumeucheya Angela

    we seriously need change in the Health sector of this country.
    Drastic measures should be taken to curb the rate of mosquitoes invasions
    (21)

  29. please first of all we need to keep the environment very clean so that they will be no where the mosquito is coming from and also provide mosquito net for every body in other to prevent sickness. (quiz number: 72, name Obi chikaodili Augustina. group 10.

  30. The abandonment of public property have become so terrible that government should do something urgently. The barbaric attitude received from nurses are nothing to write home about, a typical example of such negligence was the case of University of Lagos (unilag) teaching hospital where a final year student of accountancy in the school died due to negligence of the doctors. (55)group 8

  31. Ofodile Diana Uchechukwu 2015054043

    The government need to do something this mosquito bite

  32. I don’t think is only UPTH that has it…. I think the government should do something about this before it gets out of hand

  33. Anyadubalu Somto.c.

    chaiii, see problem ooo. Its well oo

  34. Agbasimelo sharon

    God!!! that’s really bad oo

  35. Nwabugwu Sandra ijeoma

    Government should look into this matter…malaria is a very serious sickness

  36. Nneka precious udekwe

    Government should provide more facilities for the hospital

  37. Were my mosquito net dey

  38. lol..the mosquitoes really need names
    ans as for the government doing something about the embarrassing situation, I’d say Oh Lord we wait on you…

  39. Nwachukwu Nkiruka

    Government should please come for help

  40. mosquito’s kwa???
    this issue seriously require urgent attention and immediate action by the govt.

  41. mosquitoes are very dangerous to the health and shouldn’t look down in destroying them…. government should clear the bushes and fill the potholes of flood around the hospital. the (26)

  42. mosquitoes should be eliminated in avoidance of malaria….and government should seek for solution from other country if theirs failed (21)

  43. 2015054109 quiz no. 20

    government should look into this matter because mosquito is very harmful to health

  44. Anyadubalu Somto.c. (4)

    Mosquitoes are deadly insects that should be avoided for healthy family maintenance. Especially for hospitals that are housing lives.

  45. So pathetic, government should provide more facilities for hospitals that will enable them curb this deadly situation

  46. We are prepared to take control of the mosquitoes. We can reduce the mosquitoes to a tolerable numbers, if not eliminate them. Funding is an issue. Where can the Hospital acquire the required funding?

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